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Optimal TransferOrdering Strategy for a Deteriorating Inventory in Declining Market
Abstract
The retailer's optimal procurement quantity and the number of transfers from the warehouse to the display area are determined when demand is decreasing due to recession and items in inventory are subject to deterioration at a constant rate. The objective is to maximize the retailer's total profit per unit time. The algorithms are derived to find the optimal strategy by retailer. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the proposed model. It is observed that during recession when demand is decreasing, retailer should keep a check on transportation cost and ordering cost. The display units in the show room may attract the customer.
1. Introduction
The management of inventory is a critical concern of the managers, particularly, during recession when demand is decreasing with time. The second most worrying issue is of transfer batching, the integration of production and inventory model, as well as the purchase and shipment of items. Goyal [1], for the first time, formulated single suppliersingle retailerintegrated inventory model. Banerjee [2] derived a joint economic lot size model under the assumption that the supplier follows lotforlot shipment policy for the retailer. Goyal [3] extended Banerjee’s [2] model. It is assumed that numbers of shipments are equally sized and the production of the batch had to be finished before the start of the shipment. Lu [4] allowed shipments to occur during the production period. Goyal [5] derived a shipment policy in which, during production, a shipment is made as soon as the buyer is about to face stock out and all the produced stock manufactured up to that point is shipped out. Hill [6] developed an optimal twostage lot sizing and inventory batching policies. Yang and Wee [7] developed an integrated multilotsize production inventory model for deteriorating items. Law and Wee [8] derived an integrated productioninventory model for ameliorating and deteriorating items using DCE approach. Yao et al. [9] argued the importance of supply chain parameters when vendorbuyer adopts joint policy. The interesting papers in this areas are by Wee [10], Hill [11, 12], Vishwanathan [13], Goyal and Nebebe [14], Chiang [15], Kim and Ha [16], Nieuwenhuyse and Vandaele [17], Siajadi et al. [18], and their cited references. The aforesaid articles are dealing with integrated Vendorbuyer inventory model when demand is deterministic and known constant.
The aim of this paper is to determine the ordering and transfer policy which maximizes the retailer’s profit per unit time when demand is decreasing with time. It is assumed that on the receipt of the delivery of the items, retailer stocks some items in the showroom and rest of the items is kept in warehouse. The floor area of the showroom is limited and wellfurnished with the modern techniques. Hence, the inventory holding cost inside the showroom is higher as compared to that in warehouse. The problem is how often and how many items are to be transferred from the warehouse to the showroom which maximizes the retailer’s total profit per unit time. Here, demand is decreasing with time. This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 deals with the assumptions and notations for the proposed model. In Section 3, a mathematical model is formulated to determine the orderingtransfer policy which maximizes the retailer’s profit per unit time. Section 4 deals with the establishment of the necessary conditions for an optimal solution. Using these conditions, the algorithms are developed. In Section 5, numerical examples are given. The sensitivity analysis of the optimal solution with respect to system parameter is carried out. The research article ends with conclusion in Section 5.
2. Mathematical Model
2.1. The Total Cost per Cycle in the Warehouse
The retailer orders units per order from a supplier and stocks these items in the warehouse. The units are transferred from the warehouse to the showroom until the inventory level in the warehouse reaches to zero. Hence = . The total cost per cycle during the cycle time in the warehouse is the sum of (), the ordering cost , and () the inventory holding cost,
2.2. The Total Cost per Unit Cycle in the Showroom
Initially, the inventory level is due to the unit’s transfer from the warehouse to the display area. The inventory level then depletes to due to timedependent demand and deterioration of units at the end of the retailer’s cycle time, “.” A graphical representation of the inventory system is exhibited in Figure 1.
The differential equation representing inventory status at any instant of time is given by
with boundary condition . The solution of (2.1) is
The total cost incurred during the cycle time is the sum of the ordering cost, G and the inventory holding cost, where
Using (2.2) and we get
The revenue per cycle is
Then inventory holding cost in the warehouse is Hence, the total profit, per cycle during the period [0, ] is
During period [0, ], there are transfers at every time units. Hence, = . Therefore, the total profit per time unit is
3. Necessary and Sufficient Condition for an Optimal Solution
The total profit per unit time of a retailer is a function of three variables, namely, , and :
Thus, the retailer’s total profit per unit time is a concave function of for fixed and .
Next, to determine the optimum cycle time for showroom, for given , we first differentiate with respect to . We get
Depending on the sign of three cases arise: Define
Case 1 (). If , then is a decreasing function of for fixed . It suggests that no transfer of units should be made from the warehouse to the showroom; so put = 0 in and differentiate resultant expression with respect to . We have The sufficiency condition is , that is, Thus, , the total profit per unit time, is a concave function of for fixed . There exists a unique , denoted by such that is maximum. Substituting and into (2.5) are obtain number of units to be transferred (say) for fixed .
Note. Since for all , . If , then obtain using
Case 2 (). In this case, we made (2.8) as Here, that is, is decreasing function of for given . So no transfer should be made from the warehouse to the showroom, that is, = 0. So (3.6) becomes The optimal value of can be obtained by solving The sufficiency condition is Then, is a concave function of and hence is the maximum profit of the retailer. can be obtained by substituting value of in (2.5).
Note. Since for all , then . If , then obtain using,
Case 3 (). There are three subcases.Subcase 3.1. and then . It is same as Case 1.
The optimal transfer level of units in showroom is zero and there exists a unique (say) such that is maximum.Note. () and then is infeasible. () Because for all , . If , then obtain using (2.5). () The number of transfers from the warehouse to the showroom must be at least 2.Subcase 3.2 . . Here, . Therefore, raise the inventory level to the maximum allowable quantity. So from and (2.5), we get
Then is a function of . Substitute (3.12) into (2.8). The resultant expression for the total profit per unit time is function of and . The necessary condition for finding the optimal time in showroom is
The obtained maximizes the total profit, , per unit time because
Subcase 3.3. and then
Hence, one can obtain retransfer level of items in the showroom and optimal units transferred.
Algorithm
Step 1. Assign parametric values to , , , , , , , , , .Step 2. If , then go to Algorithm 3.1.Step 3. If , then go to Algorithm 3.2.Step 4. If , then go to Algorithm 3.3.
Algorithm 3.1. Step 1. Set = 0 and = 1.Step 2. Obtain by solving (3.3) with Maple 11 (mathematical software) and from (2.5).Step 3. If , then obtained in Step 2 is optimal; otherwise, Step 4. Compute .Step 5. Increment by 1.Step 6. Continue Steps 2 to 5 until .
Algorithm 3.2. Step 1. Set = 0 and = 2.Step 2. Obtain from (3.8) and from (2.5).Step 3. If , then obtained in Step 2 is optimal; otherwise, Step 4. Compute .Step 5. Increment by 1.Step 6. Continue Steps 2 to 5 until .
Algorithm 3.3. Step 1. Set = 2.Step 2. Solve (3.3) to compute and determine from (2.5) and = 0.Step 3. If , then obtained in Step 2 is optimal; otherwise, is optimal.Step 4. If then Compute , otherwise set .Step 5. Solve (3.13) to compute .Step 6. If , then Substitute into (3.12) to find and Calculate ; otherwise set .Step 7. = max.Step 8. Increment by 1.Step 9. Continue Steps 2 to 8 until .
4. Numerical Examples
Example 4.1. Consider the following parametric values in proper units: [] = [1000, 0.10, 0.6, 0.3, 1, 3]. Here, .
We apply Algorithm 3.1. The variations in demand rate , transfer cost , ordering cost , and maximum allowable units are studied (see Tables 1, 2, 3, and 4).




Example 4.2. Consider the following parametric values in proper units: [] = [1000, 0.20, 0.40, 0.10, 1, 3]. Here, . Using Algorithm 3.2, variations in demand rate , transferring cost , ordering cost , and maximum allowable number on the decision variables and objective function are studied in Tables 5, 6, 7, and 8.




Example 4.3. Consider the following parametric values in proper units: [, , , , , ] = [1000, 0.40, 3, 1, 4, 12]. Here, . Using Algorithm 3.3, variations in demand rate; , transferring cost , ordering cost , and maximum allowable number on the decision variables and total profit per unit time are studied in Tables 9, 10, 11, and 12.




The following managerial issues are observed from Tables 1–12.
(1)Increase in demand rate b decreases , , and . It is obvious that retailer’s total profit per unit time, cycle time in the warehouse, and procurement quantity from the supplier decrease as the demand decreases.(2)Increase in transferring cost from the warehouse to the showroom increases , and decreases . decreases because the number of transfer increases.(3)Increase in ordering cost decreases cycle time in showroom and units transferred from warehouse to the showroom and retailer’s total profit per unit time. The cycle time in warehouse increases significantly.(4)Increase in maximum allowable number in display area increases and but no significant change is observed in the total profit per unit time of the retailer. The cycle time in warehouse and procurement quantity from the supplier decreases significantly.5. Conclusions
In this article, an ordering transfer inventory model for deteriorating items is analyzed when the retailer owns showroom having finite floor space and the demand is decreasing with time. Algorithms are proposed to determine retailer’s optimal policy which maximizes his total profit per unit time. Numerical examples and the sensitivity analysis are given to deduce managerial insights.
The proposed model can be extended to allow for time dependent deterioration. It is more realistic if damages during transfer from warehouse to showroom are incorporated.
Assumptions
The following assumptions are used to derive the proposed model.
(1)The inventory system under consideration deals with a single item.(2)The planning horizon is infinite.(3)Shortages are not allowed. The lead time is negligible or zero.(4)The maximum allowable item of displayed stock in the showroom is .(5)The time to transfer items from the warehouse to the showroom is negligible or zero. (6)The units in inventory deteriorate at a constant rate “”, . The deteriorated units can neither be repaired nor replaced during the cycle time.(7)The retailer orders units per order from a supplier and stocks these items in the warehouse. The items are transferred from the warehouse to the showroom in equal size of “” units until the inventory level in the warehouse reaches to zero. This is known as retailer’s ordertransfer policy.Notations
:  The maximum allowable number of displayed units in the showroom 
:  The inventory level at any instant of time in the showroom, 
:  The demand rate at time . Consider where , . denotes constant demand and denotes the rate of change of demand due to recession 
:  Constant rate deterioration, 
:  The unit inventory carrying cost per annum in the warehouse 
:  The unit inventory carrying cost per annum in the showroom, with 
:  The unit selling price of the item 
:  The unit purchase cost, with 
:  The ordering cost per order 
:  The known fixed cost per transfer from the warehouse to the showroom 
:  The cycle time in the warehouse, (a decision variable) 
:  The integer number of transfers from the warehouse to the showroom per order (a decision variable) 
:  The cycle time in the showroom (a decision variable) 
:  The optimum procurement units from a supplier (decision variable) 
:  The number of units per transfer from the warehouse to the showroom, (a decision variable) 
:  The inventory level of items in the showroom regarding the transfer of units from the warehouse to the showroom. 
Acknowledgment
The authors are thankful to anonymous reviewers for constructive comments and suggestions.
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